Can We Adopt a Fully Automated Software Testing Strategy? – Neotys Testing Roundup

1. Can We Adopt a Fully Automated Software Testing Strategy?

If you’ve managed a testing team or testing effort for an organization, you’ve probably contemplated a response to this question—I mean, it’s completely rational to think that your boss could, at any moment, jump on the bandwagon to automate software testing. While this question may be the cause of tester anxiety, there really is nothing to worry about.

In this post, expert Matt Heusser walks you through what to say — and do (when faced with this question) — to keep everyone happy. His strategy boils down to this: “Don’t be a know-it-all, don’t be a doormat, don’t enable and don’t (overly) obstruct.”

To learn how you can work with your boss to define terms, focus on end results, and then come up with the means, check out Heusser’s full write-up here.

2. How Can Developers & Testers Get Along Better? Look to the Movie ‘Elf’

Of course, we had to throw in a holiday post this week. First off, if you haven’t seen the movie Elf, now is the time to do it…because this article contains spoilers.

In many of our roundup posts, we often feature articles discussing the rocky relationship between testers and developers. Obviously tension between teams can cause some serious issues, but in the end, everyone has to work together.

A good, trusting relationship is probably the most important thing in making a great product, so take some time to browse through the six lessons you can learn from Elf about improving the tester-developer relationship here.

3. How Does Performance Testing Help Your Online Business Grow?

Many small business owners operating their own websites have undoubtedly faced issues similar to that of Test Huddle author Pavan. After launching a small e-retail website and experiencing little to no issues, he noticed that his sales began to decline. He lost confidence in the business and didn’t know how to fix the problem. It turns out, the performance of his application was pushing customers away. Application performance is something often overlooked by small eCommerce shops, but ensuring a seamless end user experience has never been more important.

There are a number of factors small business owners may not consider when creating online applications like the complexity of the application, the application’s design, and application testing. If you’re an online business vendor, consider reading the rest of Pavan’s post here for a closer look at these factors and the ways you can address them.

4. Discussion: What browser extensions do you use that you find helpful with your testing?

All right, easy question this week—what browser extensions are you using to enhance your testing efforts? Software Testing Club’s Rosie Sherry listed a few examples including YSlow, FireBug and Web Developer Checklist, but she’d like to know which other ones you may find useful.


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